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Patient Partner, Peripheral Parenteral Nutrition (PPN) Research Study – Providence Health Care

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Commitment: Short-term

Connection method: Virtual

Open to Fraser – Vancouver Coastal

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Volunteer Opportunity
Have you ever received IV nutrition in a hospital? If so, we would love to hear your experience! We are seeking to patient partners to help inform our research aimed to improve the delivery and ordering of appropriate IV nutrition at St. Paul’s Hospital.


Lead Organization/Department
Providence Health Care

• To conduct a retrospective chart review to collect data of patients who could have been appropriate for Peripheral Parenteral Nutrition (PPN) using criteria informed by existing research and guidelines.
• Patients partners will share their experience about receiving IV nutrition to help the research team with development of the research design, data analysis and research recommendations.

Level of Engagement
This opportunity is at the level of consult on the spectrum of engagement. The promise to you is that the health care partner will listen to and acknowledge your ideas and concerns, and provide feedback on how your input affected the decision.

Open to volunteers from Vancouver Coastal Health communities who:
• Have received IV nutrition in hospital.
• Is a family member or caregiver of someone who has received IV Nutrition.

If you have a strong interest in this work but have not yet completed a PVN orientation and Patient Partner Commitment, are unsure if your experience is a good fit, please contact Jami Brown directly.

There will be an informal conversation about the opportunity. The goal is to find the best fit for all involved.

• Number of vacancies: 1-2
• Date/Timeline: Initial engagement will happen between May-July 2022, with opportunity to continue with the project if the study is funded.  Meeting will occur weekdays between 8AM-4PM.
• Location: Virtual via Zoom.
• Commitment:  To be determined based on interest and availability of patient partner (could be 2-3 meetings, with additional correspondence over email).

No out-of-pocket expenses are anticipated for this engagement opportunity. However, if you meet the eligibility criteria, but have concerns about your ability to participate, please contact Jami Brown- to see if support options are available. We are always seeking to better understand and reduce barriers to participation.

Parenteral Nutrition (PN) is a life-saving therapy intended to meet the complete or partial nutrition and hydration needs of patients who have a non-functional gastrointestinal tract. Certain forms of PN must be run through a central venous catheter (CVC)), requiring clinicians specialized in CVC insertion. Peripheral Parenteral Nutrition (PPN) is a well-researched, widely-used, short-term nutrition therapy that can be used to supplement a patient’s nutrition, fluid, and electrolyte needs without a CVC insertion. In this way, PPN can be administered with less delay compared to other forms of PN. Despite this, at St. Paul’s Hospital (SPH), PN is the only infused through CVCs. We believe a group of patients receiving care at SPH could benefit from this low barrier form of nutrition support while waiting for CVC insertion for PN, or as supplementary nutrition support while they await surgery, among other reasons.

For this project, we would like to conduct a retrospective chart review to collect data of patients who could have been appropriate for PPN using criteria informed by existing research and guidelines. This audit will be used to gain further understanding of the gaps of current nutrition support practices and inform whether PPN would be a useful therapy to support the nutrition of patient’s at SPH.

Health Care Partner Contact Information

Jami Brown | BA, MAPC (she/her/hers) Engagement Leader BC Patient Safety & Quality Council 604.510.0449

From Our Community

Laura Parmar

Physician Quality Improvement Coach — Northern Health

Laura Palmer

It has been so rewarding to go from an idea to working with such a great group of dedicated people from so many different organizations towards a very fun and rewarding project. Several extremely engaged PVN members expressed interest in being part of piloting a patient virtual care peer support system. I am confident that this is the beginning of many more exciting collaborations!